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Section 7 Statements Managing Enquiries

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm

For: Planning Officers and Administrative Officers responsible for providing information for Section 7 statements and their Managers.

Course Overview:
This course will assist Councils to meet their statutory obligations under the Land and Business (Sale and Conveyancing) Act 1994 and Regulations 2010, when requested to provide information as a result of enquiries in relation to the sale of land. A consistent and well-informed approach benefits Councils in terms of resource management and dealings with members of the public and the property industry.
 
The currency and accuracy of information provided for these enquiries is critical. Vendors and purchasers of land in negotiating and concluding sales rely on information that is provided by Councils. Inaccurate, incomplete or misleading information that is relied upon to the detriment of the purchaser and/or vendor may result in the Form 1 statement being invalid, or have other unintended consequences resulting in loss or damage to the parties. This may give rise to claims against Councils. 
 
This course will provide participants with an understanding of:
 - How Section 7 statements fit within the overall context of sale of land transactions
- Statutory obligations of Councils when responding to Section 7 enquiries, including updates required as a result of legislative changes, such as those relating to site contamination
- How to develop and improve skills of officers responsible for answering enquiries and managing the enquiry process
- How to transfer and maintain the skills acquired at this course to other Council Officers.
 
Presenters:
Felice D'Agostino, Partner, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers

Felice D’Agostino has over 10 years experience assisting and providing advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving  statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration,  freedom of information, and regulatory and enforcement.